I am attempting to use the 'Merge' & 'Create VRT' tools in QGIS 2.0 on a folder with 3000+ raster tiles in.

However whenever I try to perform this operation the following error appears:

The process failed to start. Either the invoked program is missing, or you may have insufficient permissions to invoke the program.

The process works when I select only a few tiles, so I can only assume it's due to a character restriction due to the number of files?

Upon searching the website for a solution I came across the concept of using 'Wildcards' to get around this problem:

Having problems creating VRT in QGIS from png files

However I cannot find any clear explanation on how to use them, and I don't have much experience with using OSGeo4W outside of the QGIS GUI.

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    you can launch the OSGeo4W command prompt to execute your gdal command lines. Probably better than using gdal through the QGIS GUI for "large projects"
    – radouxju
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 10:13
  • Any pointers on how to use the OSGeo4W command prompt? For example could you post a simple example of creating a VRT? Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:13
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    for example : gdalbuildvrt doq_index.vrt doq/*.tif and if you type gdalbuildvrt alone, you should get the help.
    – radouxju
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 13:32

1 Answer 1


Create an input file list using a text editor (just one input filename per line), and use -input_file_list:

gdalbuildvrt -input_file_list mylist.txt my.vrt

This allows any number of input files. You should be able to get to gdals command line tools by opening an osgeo4w shell from the start menu.

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